Archive for October, 2012
The images of the devastation wrought by Sandy, especially on Long Island and on the New Jersey coast, are firmly fixed in our minds. While the hurricane itself has moved on, communities are still very much in the throes of dealing with its terrible effects. So many lives are turned upside down, and that includes animals. . . .
Social media has become especially useful during disasters to distribute information quickly and respond to specific questions from animal lovers. We’ve been connecting pet owners with the information and resources they need to keep their animals safe.
Hurricane Sandy is moving faster than expected and is threatening to cause havoc in a vast swath of the heavily populated Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Corridor. By all indications, it’s a monster of a storm, and while we don’t yet know how many animals will be affected in the end, we are preparing for a massive impact. Jacquelyn . . .
I’ve said a few times before on this blog that there’s no future for gestation crate production in the pork industry. With today’s announcement that Target is planning a phase-out of gestation crates, that’s more evident than ever. Target is the nation’s fourth-largest food retailer with nearly 1,800 locations in 49 states, and this announcement—along with those . . .
For those of you who follow this blog, you know that public-relations hit man Rick Berman has raised a lot of money from animal-abuse groups to conduct a brand attack on The Humane Society of the United States through his spider web of front groups, including the Center for Consumer Freedom. We’re not alone among nonprofits . . .
Perhaps the number-one question I get in my travels and meeting with our supporters is, “How can I get more involved with The HSUS and with the cause of animal protection?” Today, here’s an updated and expanded guide to help you or people you know get involved.
I’m in Pittsburgh today, and the day started on the CBS television affiliate with me and former Survivor winner and HSUS spokesperson Jenna Morasca talking about animal issues in the community and the nation. Jenna has recorded PSAs for us about the importance of including pets in disaster planning, and we’re hoping to see her at . . .
We know that China is the biggest consumer of wild animals and their parts in the world—driving the killing of wildlife by buying up rhino horn, ivory, and tiger parts, just to name a few products—but it’s now also the undisputed top consumer of domesticated animal products. A recent report in the UK’s Telegraph notes . . .
New York officially closes a major loophole in its animal fighting laws this week, and it comes months after The HSUS and our friends at the New York State Humane Association partnered to enact legislation to strip animal fighters of the necessary tools for their sickening enterprise. In effect now, the new law provides misdemeanor . . .
One Year After Zanesville Tragedy, Humane Groups Ask USDA to Ban Public Contact with Dangerous Wild Animals
One year ago today, in Zanesville, Ohio, Terry Thompson released nearly 50 tigers, lions, bears, primates, and other animals from cages at his private menagerie, and then he took his own life—leaving a scene of chaos and confusion for law enforcement officials. With dusk approaching, the local sheriff made a decision to authorize the killing . . .